Stressbusters: Supporting Colombian former refugees to manage anxiety and build resilience.
Since 2017 more than 200 Colombians have resettled in Nelson from exile in Ecuador.
They often arrive with complex histories of trauma, loss and grief and there was an increasing number of GP referrals to Nelson Marlborough Health Mental Health & Addictions Services (MHAS) for treatment
Rather than individual therapy, Deb Moore, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) Professional Psychology Leader, looked for ways to support the former refugees and build trust, skills and resilience within their own community.
The result is Stressbusters, a programme that helps them manage anxiety and build resilience.